LeBron James comments on Lakers’ critical loss to Pelicans
LeBron James stayed honest after the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest loss by admitting he and his teammates just couldn’t get the job done. The Lakers, who are battling to make the qualifying tournament, suffered a disappointing 114-111 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at Crypto.com Arena.
James had a big night dropping 38 points, grabbing eight rebounds and providing four assists. The Lakers now own a 31-46 record and sit one spot outside of the last play-in tournament spot. The San Antonio Spurs sit at No. 1.
10 in the Western Conference with a 32-45 record. The Lakers still have five games to earn a play-in spot. “The big picture is that it was pretty much a must win for us, and we didn’t get the job done,” James said, per ESPN.
“We had some great opportunities throughout the night, and we didn’t make enough plays in the streak. So that’s the big picture.”
James, Anthony Davis returned but Lakers lost
On Friday night, the Lakers had Davis in the lineup for the first time after 18 games.
Davis had a great performance scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. “I just feel like you can’t take a break,” James added. “No matter what happens on the floor, it just feels like the ball is bouncing the other way.
The ball does not always bounce in our favor. Or a call does not go in our favor. It’s like, when it rains, it rains for our year. That’s how it goes.” James missed two games with a sprained ankle before returning to the lineup on Friday.
“I hope he reacts the right way for me in the morning when I wake up and I don’t have any setbacks,” James said. The Lakers will be looking to bounce back on Sunday when they host the Denver Nuggets.